Construction work is getting under way on what has been billed as a landmark piece of public art on Merseyside.
The 20m (66ft) high Dream sculpture is being constructed near junction 7 of the M62 on the site of the former Sutton Manor Colliery, St Helens.
It takes the form of a girl’s head with her eyes closed, seemingly in a dream-like state, and was chosen by a group of local ex-miners.
Council leader Brian Spencer said it would be an “incredible sight”.
Spanish artist Jaume Plensa was commissioned to design the sculpture, which will be publicly launched in May as part of a Channel 4 programme called the Big Art Project.